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  • 1A wheatlike cereal plant that tolerates poor soils and low temperatures.
    • Secale cereale, family Gramineae
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    • Cereals include wheat, rice, barley, oats, rye, maize, millet, and sorghum, all of which have been used as food since prehistoric times, and cultivated since antiquity.
    • Monotony came from the self-sufficiency of small farms; since bread was the staple food, most farms grew wheat, along with other cereals like rye, oat, buckwheat, maize and barley.
    • Wheat, barley, rice, rye, oats, millet and corn are the world's top food crops.
  • 1.1Grains of this, used mainly for making bread or whiskey and for fodder: [as modifier]: rye flour
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    • Bread made from rye flour with all the bran removed is pale grey.
    • The product is whole grain if the first ingredient is whole grain, whole wheat or rye (plain wheat flour is not whole grain).
    • The basis of the Mordvin economy was cereal agriculture, and the staples of the Mordvin diet were bread made from rye flour, as well as oats and barley.
  • 2 (also rye whiskey) Whiskey in which a significant amount of the grain used in distillation is fermented rye: half a bottle of rye
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    • Ruth orders four rounds of quadruple ryes, Faulkner orders four rounds of moonshine.
    • Spirits such as whisky, bourbon, Cognac, Armagnac and rye derive virtually all their colour from the time they spend in oak barrels - they would be clear as water otherwise.
    • Heaven Hill markets more than 50 labels of bourbon, rye, scotch, vodka, gin, tequila, rum, cognac, wines and cordials.
  • 3chiefly North American short for rye bread. pastrami on rye
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    • Sometimes I'll make furtive pilgrimages to the Carnegie Deli to dine on that whopper classic, the hot pastrami on rye.
    • Before he passed away a few years ago, he gave me his hoard of recipes, including authentic New York cheesecake, bagels, rye, pumpernickel, challah, cole slaw and many others.
    • Titus was getting almost weepy about this when Patrice limped in with the lunch and spread it out on the marble table: hot pastrami on rye, big pickles, pastries and coffee in white cardboard tubs.


Old English ryge, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch rogge and German Roggen.

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